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If you are going to publish an annual “Worst Of” list — and I’m not sure why anyone would — it would seem prudent to at least establish some credibility. In Defense of Animals, a nonprofit headquartered in San Rafael, California, just made my “Top 10 Worst NonProfit” agencies list. Last week that animal rights group sent out a press
Published: January 25, 2015
The state’s oldest wine festival is about to uncork in Douglas County once again. The Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon will host the 45th Annual Greatest of the Grape on March 7. This year’s celebration, hosted by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, will host 28 wineries from southern Oregon and 14 local caterers. The gala also features a
Published: January 20, 2015
Unlike several months ago when three or four $20 bills were needed to fill the family vehicle, now it takes only a couple of those bills or even less for a fill up. People at the pump are seeing more money left in their purses and wallets as fuel prices have plunged to six-year lows, dropping to under $2 a
Published: January 18, 2015
A week after he said he’d “retired,” Dan Hern sent me a note asking for some help on another of his many community campaigns. Hern is one of those guys who can’t sit still. Not when there are so many who need so much. “Hi, Jeff,” he wrote in an email last week. “Happy New Year! I’m asking for the
Published: January 11, 2015
When she first heard the idea of artists in Roseburg starting their own gallery, painter Barbara Tannewitz was skeptical. “I just honestly didn’t see how it could work,” she said. Now, three years later, Gallery Northwest on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg has expanded, and the art cooperative behind it is optimistic a new space can help them bring more
Published: January 2, 2015
City Councilors elected to serve their communities will be tasked in 2015 with finding funding for basic services. That and other tough issues await the governments of North County’s six municipalities. DRAIN True to its name, Drain has been gradually drawing off money to pay for utilities for years, and will continue to do so in 2015. Monthly sewer rates
Published: January 1, 2015
It’s time to get serious about those New Year’s resolutions. If yours is to start your own business, think Elkton. Elkton’s population has grown steadily, despite the past years of recession, creating pressure for new services and offering opportunities. Four new businesses opened in 2014, and there is plenty of room for more. Operated here for 30 years, K &
Published: December 28, 2014
After leading an award-winning winemaking program at Umpqua Community College, Southern Oregon Wine Institute Associate Director Dwayne Bershaw will leave UCC for a position at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he will be a lecturer at the school’s Department of Food Science. Bershaw graduated from University of California, Davis, with a master’s degree in viticulture and enology. He
Published: December 9, 2014
The possibility of a job change for Alison Eggers was raised about eight years ago in a conversation with Kelley Janzen. Eggers was the store manager at Macy’s at the time and Janzen was a State Farm insurance agent. But the time wasn’t quite right for Eggers. Six years later it was right. Eggers retired from Macy’s in 2012 after
Published: December 7, 2014
Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery will host another evening of classical music. At 3 p.m. Dec. 7, the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform a program titled, “To Drive the Cold Winter Away.” Artistic director Margaret Gries will lead musicians playing traditional music on period instruments, including the harpsichord, cello, violin and harmonium. Cost is $25. Information: 541-459-7998 or MarshAnneLanding.com.
Published: December 3, 2014
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all the incidents or their final outcomes. POLICE LOG Today Douglas County sheriff 12:33 a.m. — An unknown male was inside the caller’s house and stole his phone in the 300 block of Conrad Street, Myrtle Creek. He described
Published: December 2, 2014
Oakland was proud to host its annual Antique and Wine Walk last Sunday and was happy to report a record 199 passports sold on the beautiful autumn day. The Oakland Singers provided entertainment around town and observed many folks just out enjoying the day and the historic town without a passport or wine glass. Thanks to the wonderful Umpqua wineries
Published: December 1, 2014
After having his excess inventory in three different locations in the past couple of years, Joe DeMeyer was tired of moving it. He took care of the problem by buying the warehouse building at 744 S.E. Stephens St. in Roseburg. The building had most recently been home to Southside Vendors, but that business moved to a Diamond Lake Boulevard address
Published: December 1, 2014
The map of the Umpqua Valley Wine Growers Association includes 23 tasting rooms in the many valleys of the Umpqua, and it’s a good bet most will be open this weekend. “It’s a tradition. Most people try to do something special,” said Terry Brandborg, president of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association. Wineries traditionally hold tasting room hours today, Saturday and
Published: November 28, 2014
Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery will host several evenings of classical music. At 7 p.m. Nov. 29, the tenor David Gustafson will sing arias with piano and violin accompaniment. Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. At 3 p.m. Dec. 7, the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform a program titled, “To Drive the Cold Winter Away.” Artistic director Margaret Gries will lead
Published: November 25, 2014
Seattle flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes presents her latest show, “Noches de Inviero” (winter nights) next week at Centerstage Theatre at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Fuentes will be joined by Spanish cantaor (flamenco singer) Jose Anillo and Bulgarian guitarist Bobby de Sofia. The show’s at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets: $22, $12 for students, $8 for kids
Published: November 25, 2014
The Elkton Community Education Center will sponsor a number of events for the holiday season. The nonprofit center will participate in Elkton’s shop local event Nov. 28 to 30, keeping special hours throughout the post-Thanksgiving weekend. Several wineries, art studios and restaurants will also take part, along with the ECEC gift shop and holiday art exhibit. A holiday wreath making
Published: November 25, 2014
Pull Some Strings — The Stringtown Ambassadors from Asheville, North Carolina, perform Appalachian and Irish folk music from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at My Coffee, 1700 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. Tickets: $4. 541-229-1230. Window-Shopping — Tonight at 5:30 p.m. is a fundraiser for Douglas and Josephine county food banks at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, off Interstate 5
Published: November 21, 2014
The Roseburg High School drama department is putting on its Fall play, ‘Almost Maine,’ at 7 p.m., Nov. 20-22 in Rose Theatre at Roseburg High School. The play explores the oddities, dreams and anguishes of life in a fictional northern Maine town, performed in a series of nine vignettes and three prologues. The drama department describes it as “the quirkiest
Published: November 16, 2014
It rained indoors. The Glide home’s siding was so soft that Betty Tamm could poke her finger through it. Wood planks held up the ceiling. Spray-painted circles speckled the floor in places that couldn’t support weight. The house was making the family sick and the growing medical bills made it impossible to fix their home. It was another story Tamm
Published: November 16, 2014
The Main Street Myrtle Creek Association sponsors its Winter Wine Walk from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Several businesses will host wineries offering complimentary wine with hors d’oeuvres. The walk starts at SOCO Coffee Company at 425 N. Main St. Souvenir glass and wine map: $5. Information: 541-817-6762.
Published: November 12, 2014
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all the incidents or their final outcomes. POLICE LOG Thursday Douglas County sheriff 2:10 a.m. — The caller saw a man who resembles a man wanted for murder out of Washington in the 800 block of John Long Road,
Published: November 7, 2014
The harvest of hazelnuts and wine grapes has overflowed plenty of bins in the last month or so for central Douglas County growers. The sweeping up of nuts and grape picking started and finished earlier this year than in past years because of the hot, dry weather. These are two crops that have gradually grown in acreage in Douglas County
Published: October 12, 2014
It was another very busy summer in the Myrtle Creek-Tri City area for our Chamber of Commerce, the Myrtle Creek Lions Club and the Main Street Myrtle Creek Association. The 28th consecutive year of our chamber sponsored Music in the Park summer concerts, the longest running free concert series in Douglas County, was very well attended. Thanks to the generosity
Published: October 12, 2014
CANYONVILLE — Musicians love to heap on descriptive labels, like “rock,” “hardcore” and “classic” — no doubt to help them stand out. LeRoy Bell, though, prefers the plain old “singer-songwriter.” “I think of myself as a working musician,” Bell said last week. “That’s what I like to call myself. ‘X Factor’ made me a little bit of a celebrity, but
Published: October 9, 2014
Elkton welcomed its newest wine tasting room and five private label wines at Gillirose Vineyards this summer. Gillian Seitz, owner of Gillirose Vineyards, said, “These wines are a tribute and thank you to all those who helped me establish my vineyard.” This was her first, and probably her last, bottling under the Gillirose name, and the wines will only be
Published: September 28, 2014
Swift and Sure — The Umpqua Audubon Society hosts a “Swift Watch” tonight at 6 at the Clay Place chimney at Fir Grove Park off Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. Watch thousands of migratory Vaux’s Swifts bed down for the night inside the old chimney. Audubon Society members will serve as “interpretative naturalists” and provide information. Artists will lead art activities
Published: September 19, 2014
Oregon’s first grower of pinot noir grapes and the winery he founded get their due next week with the dedication of a historical marker. Roseburg’s HillCrest Winery and Distillery will host a ceremony Tuesday recognizing Richard Sommer and his winery’s role in Oregon’s wine history. The ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m. at 240 Vineyard Lane, Roseburg. Wine
Published: September 14, 2014
At a show this year at the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge, the members of Code Blue were passed cash and a note reading “Me and Bobby McGee” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Undeterred, they faked their way through the songs. They also kept the tip. Now they have two more songs. “If somebody wants to hear ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’
Published: September 11, 2014
Patti Archambault celebrated her 20th year in the real estate profession with a million-dollar accomplishment. The Roseburg RE/MAX Professional Realty broker was recognized as a new member of the company’s Hall of Fame a week ago after having brought in $1 million in earned commissions to her office over the past eight years. Only 22 percent of RE/MAX’s active agents
Published: September 7, 2014
EUGENE Raptor Center field trip set Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a Sept. 27 field trip to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene. The trip will include a one-hour “Walk on the Wild Side” program and tour of the center, according to a news release. Participants will have an option of then going to King Estate for a short
Published: September 2, 2014
Singers from the Eugene Opera will perform for the eighth time at MarshAnne Landing, 175 Hogan Road. An evening of arias in the vineyard begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. The performers are members of the Eugene Opera’s Artist Mentor Program. Up next is pianist Colin Ross on Sept. 6, and tenor David Gustafson on Nov. 29. Tickets are $30.
Published: August 13, 2014
As part of our winemaking coursework at Umpqua Community College we study sensory science, the science of how humans perceive smells and tastes with respect to wine. This is one of my favorite classes to teach because it was the interesting smells and tastes in different wines that initially stirred my passion for wine, and eventually inspired me to change
Published: August 12, 2014
FANTASTIC FAIR — The Douglas County Fair continues today and Saturday at the fairgrounds south of Roseburg at Exit 123 of Interstate 5. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight both days. Seether is the headline entertainer at 7:30 tonight; Deep Purple will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Free with fair admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65
Published: August 8, 2014
Singers from the Eugene Opera will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at MarshAnne Landing Winery, 175 Hogan Road. Members of the opera’s Artist Mentor Program will perform operatic arias, duets and ensemble pieces. The performance will take place on a deck overlooking the vineyard. Tickets are $30. Pianist Colin Ross performs at the winery Sept. 6, and tenor David
Published: August 6, 2014

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